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Neal Ball

Cornelius Ball

Positions: Shortstop, Second Baseman and Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 7", Weight: 145 lb.

Born: April 22, 1881 in Grand Haven, MI (All Transactions)
Debut: September 12, 1907 (Age 26.143, 2,962nd in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1908 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Naps/Highlanders/RedSox 1907-1913

Final Game: June 30, 1913 (Age 32.069)
Died: October 15, 1957 in Bridgeport, CT
Buried: Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport, CT
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Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1907 26 NYY AL 15 47 44 5 9 1 1 0 4 1 1 11 .205 .222 .273 .495 53 12 0 2 6/4
1908 27 NYY AL 132 484 446 35 110 16 2 0 38 32 21 91 .247 .284 .291 .575 87 130 2 15 *6/4
1909 28 TOT AL 104 391 353 34 89 14 3 1 28 19 20 58 .252 .294 .317 .611 90 112 1 17 6/4
1909 28 NYY AL 8 34 29 5 6 1 1 0 3 2 3 10 .207 .281 .310 .592 86 9 0 2 /4
1909 28 CLE AL 96 357 324 29 83 13 2 1 25 17 17 48 .256 .295 .318 .613 90 103 1 15 6
1910 29 CLE AL 54 138 123 13 25 3 1 0 12 4 9 28 .203 .258 .244 .501 56 30 0 6 6/4O5
1911 30 CLE AL 116 452 412 45 122 14 9 3 45 21 27 94 .296 .339 .396 .735 104 163 0 13 45/6
1912 31 TOT AL 58 194 177 22 39 6 1 0 20 12 5 12 28 .220 .270 .266 .535 51 47 0 5 4
1912 31 CLE AL 40 145 132 12 30 4 1 0 14 7 4 9 24 .227 .277 .273 .549 55 36 0 4 4
1912 31 BOS AL 18 49 45 10 9 2 0 0 6 5 1 3 4 .200 .250 .244 .494 39 11 0 1 4
1913 32 BOS AL 23 70 58 9 10 2 0 0 4 3 9 13 .172 .294 .207 .501 45 12 1 2 4/65
7 Yrs 502 1776 1613 163 404 56 17 4 151 92 5 99 323 .250 .295 .314 .609 83 506 4 60
162 Game Avg. 162 573 521 53 130 18 5 1 49 30 32 104 .250 .295 .314 .609 83 163 1 19
CLE (4 yrs) 306 1092 991 99 260 34 13 4 96 49 4 62 194 .262 .306 .335 .641 87 332 1 38
NYY (3 yrs) 155 565 519 45 125 18 4 0 45 35 25 112 .241 .278 .291 .569 84 151 2 19
BOS (2 yrs) 41 119 103 19 19 4 0 0 10 8 1 12 17 .184 .276 .223 .499 43 23 1 3

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1907 26 NYY AL 15 47 -3 -0 0 -4 1 -6 -0.7 2 -4 -0.5 .453 .496 -0.1 -0.4 -0 6/4
1908 27 NYY AL 132 484 -8 3 0 -17 8 -14 -1.8 17 3 0.1 .486 .489 2.2 -1.1 20 *6/4
1909 28 NYY AL 8 34 -1 0 0 -1 0 -2 -0.2 1 -0 -0.1 .476 .499 0.1 -0.1 1 /4
1909 28 CLE AL 96 357 -4 0 0 -4 6 -2 -0.4 13 11 1.0 .497 .498 1.6 0.2 15 6
1910 29 CLE AL 54 138 -7 -0 0 -2 2 -7 -0.9 5 -2 -0.3 .484 .495 -0.1 -0.1 0 6/4O5
1911 30 CLE AL 116 452 -2 -0 0 1 1 -1 -0.0 17 16 1.7 .499 .499 1.5 0.2 15 45/6
1912 31 CLE AL 40 145 -8 0 0 -2 0 -10 -1.0 5 -4 -0.5 .474 .494 -0.3 -0.2 -2 4
1912 31 BOS AL 18 49 -4 1 0 0 0 -3 -0.3 2 -1 -0.1 .484 .498 -0.1 0.0 -1 4
1913 32 BOS AL 23 70 -4 0 0 -2 1 -5 -0.6 3 -3 -0.3 .473 .496 -0.1 -0.2 -1 4/65
7 Seasons 502 1776 -40 4 0 -31 18 -50 -5.9 65 15 0.9 .488 .495 4.7 -1.6 46
CLE (4 yrs) 306 1092 -21 0 0 -7 8 -20 -2.3 40 21 1.9 .493 .498 2.8 0.1 28
NYY (3 yrs) 155 565 -12 3 0 -22 9 -22 -2.7 20 -2 -0.5 .483 .490 2.1 -1.6 20
BOS (2 yrs) 41 119 -7 1 0 -2 1 -8 -0.9 4 -4 -0.4 .478 .497 -0.2 -0.2 -2

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1912 ❍ 31 BOS AL WS NYG W 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
1 WS 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

More Stats

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G Awards
1907 NYY AL 26 SS 11 60 22 27 11 2 .817 4.45 .934 5.71
1907 NYY AL 26 2B 5 18 7 9 2 1 .889 3.20 .954 5.44
1908 NYY AL 27 SS 130 786 268 438 80 28 .898 5.43 .927 5.54
1908 NYY AL 27 2B 1 3 2 0 1 0 .667 2.00 .950 5.20
1909 NYY AL 28 2B 8 36 15 18 3 1 .917 4.13 .953 4.91
1909 CLE AL 28 SS 95 533 198 289 46 42 .914 5.13 .925 5.35
1910 CLE AL 29 SS 27 123 48 66 9 9 .927 4.22 .928 5.35
1910 CLE AL 29 2B 7 45 19 25 1 1 .978 6.29 .945 5.01
1910 CLE AL 29 OF 6 7 6 0 1 0 .857 1.00 .954 1.83 0-5-1
1910 CLE AL 29 3B 3 7 2 5 0 0 1.000 2.33 .931 3.47
1911 CLE AL 30 2B 94 524 206 289 29 38 .945 5.27 .949 5.16
1911 CLE AL 30 3B 17 64 20 37 7 3 .891 3.35 .929 3.32
1911 CLE AL 30 SS 1 5 2 3 0 0 1.000 5.00 .926 5.60
1912 TOT AL 31 2B 54 234 106 113 15 13 .936 4.06 .945 4.91
1912 CLE AL 31 2B 37 193 93 88 12 12 .938 4.89 .945 4.91
1912 BOS AL 31 2B 17 41 13 25 3 1 .927 2.24 .945 4.91
1913 BOS AL 32 2B 10 41 14 23 4 4 .902 3.70 .954 4.98
1913 BOS AL 32 SS 7 49 16 26 7 1 .857 6.00 .935 5.39
1913 BOS AL 32 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.20
6 Seasons SS 271 1556 554 849 153 82 .902 5.18 .927 5.46
7 Seasons 2B 179 901 369 477 55 58 .939 4.73 .948 5.07
3 Seasons 3B 21 71 22 42 7 3 .901 3.05 .929 3.33
1 Season OF 6 7 6 0 1 0 .857 1.00 .954 1.83 0-5-1
7 Seasons TOT 477 2535 951 1368 216 143 .915 4.86 .935 5.17 0-5-1
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Strikeouts s c a p y
1908 AL  91 (1st)
1911 AL  94 (3rd)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1908 AL  32 (6th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1908 AL  81 (1st)
1909 AL  49 (4th)

Def. Games as 2B s c a p y
1911 AL  94 (5th)

Putouts as 2B s c a p y
1911 AL  206 (3rd)

Assists as 2B s c a p y
1911 AL  289 (4th)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1911 AL  29 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as 2B s c a p y
1911 AL  38 (4th)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1908 AL  130 (4th)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1908 AL  268 (4th)
1909 AL  198 (4th)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1908 AL  438 (5th)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1908 AL  80 (1st)
1909 AL  46 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1909 AL  42 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as 2B s c a p y
1911 AL  5.27 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1908 AL  5.43 (5th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 2 (2197), Average HOFer ≈ 144
JAWS Second Base (442nd), 0.9 career WAR/0.9 7yr-peak WAR/0.9 JAWS
Average HOF 2B (out of 19) = 69.4 career WAR/44.5 7yr-peak WAR/57.0 JAWS

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Japanese: ニール・ボール 統計

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